Triple-0 emergency call takers experience increase in threats and verbal abuse

Triple-0 emergency call takers experience increase in threats and verbal abuse

Posted May 10, 2018 06:23:15 Photo: Chantelle Connell says some days she has to deal with as many as six abusive callers in one shift. (ABC News) Related Story: Government to conduct investigation into Telstra triple-0 outage Related Story: ‘You can do this!’ ambo says over the phone as woman …

Union rally for minimum wage increase disrupts Melbourne’s CBD as tens of thousands march

Union rally for minimum wage increase disrupts Melbourne’s CBD as tens of thousands march

Updated May 09, 2018 12:17:11 Photo: Protesters gathered at Trades Hall before moving on to Federation Square. (Twitter: Vic Trades Hall) Parts of Melbourne’s CBD have been brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of people rally for an increase to Australia’s minimum wage. The huge crowd marched from …

Supply increase makes no impact on Sydney’s rental market as tenants struggle to pay

Supply increase makes no impact on Sydney’s rental market as tenants struggle to pay

Posted April 30, 2018 00:02:45 Photo: The Sydney rental market is still unaffordable for people on lower incomes (ABC News ) A 28 per cent increase in supply across Sydney’s rental market has failed to push down prices, with less than 1 per cent of properties in Sydney’s market considered …

Medicare levy increase designed to deliver $8b to NDIS scrapped ahead of fresh budget

Medicare levy increase designed to deliver $8b to NDIS scrapped ahead of fresh budget

Updated April 25, 2018 19:22:26 A multi-billion-dollar levy on Australians designed to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be axed, the ABC can reveal. Key points: Raising the Medicare levy from 2 to 2.5 per cent was a key 2017 budget measure It would have raised $8 billion …

Cottesloe already doing enough to increase residential density, new Liberal MP says

Cottesloe already doing enough to increase residential density, new Liberal MP says

Updated April 13, 2018 10:29:30 Photo: David Honey said further infill in Cottesloe would degrade the suburb’s amenity. (ABC News: Hugh Sando) Western Australia’s newest MP, David Honey, has used his opening address to Parliament to criticise efforts to introduce higher density housing in his electorate of Cottesloe. Dr Honey …

Kelly O’Dwyer says superannuation increase would worsen wage crisis | Australia news

Kelly O’Dwyer has argued that increasing compulsory superannuation to 12% would hurt low-income earners because it would exacerbate sluggish wage growth. The comments by the minister for revenue and financial services on Wednesday strongly suggest the Turnbull government will continue to freeze super contributions at 9.5% in the May budget. …

US hits back at China with plans to increase tariffs on 1,300 imports

US hits back at China with plans to increase tariffs on 1,300 imports

Posted April 04, 2018 13:36:35 Photo: Cars and motorcycles are among the list of imports to be hit by the tariffs. (Reuters: File) The Trump Administration has raised the stakes in a growing trade showdown with China, announcing 25 per cent tariffs on 1,300 types of industrial technology, transport and …

Australian Automobile Association warns ‘too strict’ vehicle emission standards could increase car prices

Australian Automobile Association warns ‘too strict’ vehicle emission standards could increase car prices

Posted April 04, 2018 12:33:49 As the Government contemplates introducing vehicle emission standards, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has warned it could increase the price of vehicles and lead to Australians holding onto their “older dirtier cars” for longer. Key points: US winding back emissions standards to make cars more …

Private health insurance increase to cost average families extra $200 per year, ALP says

Private health insurance increase to cost average families extra $200 per year, ALP says

Posted April 01, 2018 15:25:54 Australian families will be slugged with yet another hit to their budget as private health insurance premium increases come into effect today. The Federal Opposition has done modelling which suggests the average premium increase of 3.95 per cent will cost families and older Australians an …

Flying doctors call for funding increase after ‘eye opening’ report into heart health

Flying doctors call for funding increase after ‘eye opening’ report into heart health

Updated March 28, 2018 12:08:35 Millions of regional Australians love life on the land but country living could be leading to serious heartache. Regional Australians are 1.6 times more likely to be hospitalised due to heart disease compared to their city counterparts, new research by the Royal Flying Doctor Service …